Campus Based Workshops and Presentations:**

[Wide Campus Presentation]
Faith, Power and Privilege:  Holding Intersectionality, Equity and Justice in 2018

As a diversity practitioner, activist and Jewish woman of color, Yavilah McCoy will discuss the practice of holding multiple identities within efforts to build greater equity and justice in the changing political and social climate of 2018. She will address the challenges of diversity and inclusion on college campuses and the opportunities that students can engage toward becoming deeper allies and stronger self-advocates in working together toward justice.



[Leadership Discussion/Workshop]
Growing a Multi-Faith Campus Movement for Racial Justice

Join Yavilah McCoy for an interactive discussion and relationship building context for growing multiracial and multi-faith activism on campus.

 In small and large groups, diverse student leaders will:

  • Share and connect to other students and their lived experiences around the impact of racial and cultural identity in the U.S.
  • Share and connect to other students as racial justice change agents
  • Share stories of racial equity struggles and victories from within particular faith traditions and spiritual communities
  • Identify inter-faith racial justice opportunities, successes and challenges across diverse faith traditions and spiritual communities
  • Imagine an activated, personally, culturally and politically relevant campus movement for racial justice across the U.S.

 
[Wide Campus Faculty Workshop]
Building Relationships Across Difference:
A Faculty and Administrators Workshop with Yavilah McCoy

Join Yavilah McCoy for discussion and honest dialogue regarding our growing need to advance justice across interracial, intercultural and interfaith differences on college campuses.  Explore tools for navigating multiple and emerging political and cultural differences and explore strategies for working together and apart toward common goals of greater equity and justice for all of our students.

Yavilah McCoy is the CEO of the international diversity consulting group, VISIONS Inc. in Boston. She is an educator, activist and spiritual teacher who has worked extensively within educational and faith communities to increase racial justice and expand equity and inclusion.  You are invited to join McCoy for a workshop around diversity and identity as it impacts our work on personal, interpersonal, cultural and systemic/institutional levels.  McCoy’s workshop will take a celebratory approach to the challenging work of identifying our strengths and weaknesses in building relationships across difference.  If you are interested in exploring the intersections between the many identities that we all bring to our work at the university please consider joining us.


 
[Wide Campus/ Jewish Communal Based Presentation]
X +Y = Z : Discovering the Behavioral Variables for Implicit Bias and Micro-Agression in Campus Institutional Settings

Racial microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily, verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward students of color in campus settings.  Implicit bias work addresses the paradox of how one can hold progressive beliefs and principles and still think, speak and act in ways that perpetuate racial bias.  As we endeavor to build inclusive, multi-faith, multi-racial, non-heteronormative spaces for all students on campus, what are the behavioral variables that we must learn to recognize and change in order to make the implicit explicit and engage in alternative behaviors?  This presentation will discuss concrete tools and strategies for engaging in transformational behavior toward more equitable campus environments.


 

[Wide Campus/ Jewish Communal Based Presentation]
Getting Proximate:  Developing and Maintaining Multiracial, Multicultural & Multi-faith alliances toward Equity and Justice

In these challenging days and times, where harmful patterns and practices around  race and racism are  increasing the need for action and dialogue among students across the country, how can students and campus leaders support the awareness, skill building and practice needed to develop and maintain meaningful allied relationships? What tools can faith communities utilize in engaging in dialogue across multiple and emerging political and cultural differences? What practices can we expand in Jewish faith space in order to welcome and explore the multicultural and multiracial diversity that characterizes the Jewish people? How can experiences within our faith community better prepare us to model racial equity and inclusion for utilization in broader environments?

Join Yavilah McCoy for an interactive exploration of contemporary wisdom and current best practices for navigating multi-faith, multiracial and multicultural differences in 2018, in service of justice.


 

[Jewish Campus Leaders Workshop]
Building Relationships Across Difference 101: A Workshop for Engagement Leaders with Yavilah McCoy

Join Yavilah McCoy for an opportunity to develop a more nuanced understanding of Racism and anti-Semitism and what it means to be an active partner in elucidating and eradicating "isms" as Hillel leaders, Jewish communal members, and global citizens within a larger US society.  We will discuss the current successes and challenges that Hillel faces in building relationships between and among White Jews, Jews of Color and people of color and explore tools for increasing our cross-cultural competency to function as a multiracial and multicultural Jewish organization and campus community.


 

[Jewish Campus Leaders Workshop]

Leaving the Land of the Frozen Chosen: Discovering and Re-imagining Torah Study through an Anti-Oppression Lens

Jewish Text study through an Anti-Oppression lens endeavors to utilize Jewish text to address contemporary racial justice issues at four levels of impact and behavioral change: Personal, Interpersonal, Systemic/Institutional, and Cultural. In Chevruta study pairs and small groups, participants are also encouraged to identify roles for reflection and study of oppression practices, both within the text and the reader, as they explore the roles of Perpetrator, Target, Bystander, & Ally within biblical narratives.


 

[Jewish Campus Leaders Workshop]
Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue:  Answering an intersectional call for justice, deeper equality, and more beloved community in 2018.

This workshop will explore Jewish racial justice work within the context of a broader racial justice movement.  Participants will explore the history and current context for Jewish engagement in racial justice work.  We will discuss the Movement for Black Lives Platform and how relationships with communities of color within and outside of Jewish communities have been impacted by polarization within Israel-Palestine discussions of equity and justice. Through paired and group discussions a “safer space” will be provided for students to address complex questions regarding racial justice and diverse entry points to social justice, Israel-Palestine, and Jewish communal priorities and leadership in the current moment.


 

Coaching: Intermediate and Advanced Level Training and Online Workshops

To arrange leadership coaching services for diversity/racial justice initiatives, please reach out to Yavilah McCoy directly at ymvisions2@gmail.com and put “Coaching Request” in the subject line.  She will contact you shortly to set up an intake interview to discuss your goals.

Opportunities to engage and connect with diverse students and leaders within the broader social justice sector…

Over the course of the 2018 academic year, DIMENSIONS will continue to host diverse groups of leaders and activists to attend conferences and events within the broader social justice sector.  We believe that providing opportunities for those we teach to attend these conferences as groups of Jews, friends and allies will enhance the awareness and use of the tools we offer and support engagement by the Jewish community of broader resources offered by racial justice conferences, such as Facing Race, White Privilege Conference, etc.  If you or your students would like more information regarding joining a DIMENSIONS sponsored Jews, friends and allies cohort to attend a conference, please send an e-mail to ymvisions2@gmail.com and put “Conference Cohort” in the subject line.  You will be contacted shortly to set up an intake interview and to discuss your goals.

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